How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.